Acupuncture's goal is to restore normalcy to the body's energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupuncture points located on the 12 meridians, and the extraordinary meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of methods, the needle is just one. Acupuncturists will also use electro acupuncture, fire cupping, moxibustion, herbal formulas and Tuina-massage in the course of the treatment, dependent on the needs of the patient.
Chinese Medicine treats each individual as a whole rather than treating only the diseases, from which the patient is suffering. By treating the whole it looks at the patterns of disharmony, environment, diet, lifestyle, emotional well being, family situations, sexual habits, exercise and work routines.
At first glimpse, Acupuncture appears strange, as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations. The needles are actually placed in the corresponding spaces within the fascia to relieve pain or promote circulation. These specific points are also used to tonify the energy QI or nourish blood and body fluids.
Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures over 1,000 "Acupuncture points" on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, it can affect a certain body system or anatomic location. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "Acupuncture points" on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.
As an Acupuncturist, it is imperative to formulate harmonious point combinations dependent on each unique situation. These points aim to balance yin and yang, front and back, top and bottom, and left side of the body and right side. It is much like reactivating the vibrant energy within the body, so must the needling technique and point combination in a treatment aim to manifest this renewal of balanced health.
Historians have stated, "More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of 50 centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern."